This is a different blog entry, because I’m turning it over to someone else — defensive lineman Kenny Peterson. He rejoined the team this week for the first time since the four-game suspension for violation of the league’s policy on steroids and related substances that he served in September.
Upon returning to Dove Valley, Peterson read some of the comments in the blog entry that focused upon his signing and wanted to share his perspective. Here’s what he wanted to pass along:
Never once have I taken any type of steroid or anything of that nature. What I got suspended for was an illegal substance in a fat-burner. It wasn’t a performance enhancer or anything like that. It was something I got off the Internet, but it had one ingredient that was banned by the league. I didn’t know it was in there. I didn’t do it maliciously.
So for people to keep bringing it up bothers me a little bit. That just shows that they don’t know who I am, and they don’t understand me as a person. I would never take (a steroid).
I read most of the comments, and appreciate the ones that were supportive.
People are entitled to their opinion, and how they feel — which is fine. But if you do criticize somebody else, know your facts. Unless you walked a mile in a man’s shoes, you can’t talk about that person. That’s something I was raised with as a young kid — to not go around judging people or criticizing them, when you yourself aren’t perfect.
Nobody on this earth is perfect. So you can’t sit here and criticize or chastise anybody.
People are entitled to their opinion, but I just don’t want people to give me that stigma, that scarlet letter or anything like that. I just want people to know who I am, and to know that I’m not that type of person.
The reason the Broncos did bring me back is that obviously (Head) Coach (Mike) Shanahan and (General Manager) Ted Sundquist and the defensive coaches knew about my character and me as a person, and they liked the way I did some things out there on the field. If not, I wouldn’t be back here.
I just hate it when people criticize people. If everybody takes time to look at themselves instead of pointing the finger at everybody else, then maybe the world would be a little bit better.
Gentle — and not-so-gentle — readers, know this … some players do peruse these blogs, and from talking to Peterson, they do take some words personally. They might be shielded on game days by pads and helmets, but beneath all the accoutrements, they’re still human. While I I haven’t talked with Peterson as much as some other players in the locker room in the last two years, he’s been kind, cordial and respectful in all my dealings with him.
Shanahan and assistant head coach/defense Jim Bates also talked about Peterson.
SHANAHAN: “Kenny is a little bit more experienced with what we’re doing now defensively and we’re going to give him a shot. We’re trying to get the best players out there and give us a chance to do something on third downs and we thought he might help us.”
BATES: “We’re going to use Kenny. We know Kenny has a lot of ability. He can play both positions and give us some pass rush, so we like his versatility.”
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